Among the other "threads" for discussion, particularly related to travel, here's a few that might also be of interest, especially to long-time travelers:
MOTELS: (A hybrid of motor and hotel)
How many of you remember "Tourist Homes" in the U.S., long before the advent of motels? Did you ever stay in one?
How many remember when "Holiday Inn" first started - I believe it might have been the first motel chain in the U.S.?
Do you know that "Hampton Inns" evolved from the H.I. chain - do you know where the first "Hampton Inn" was located?
Do you recall the Howard Johnson Motel ice cream shops? How many flavors did they offer?
Which airlines have you previously used that are no longer in existence?
(For me, Eastern Airlines, Southern Airlines, Piedmont Airlines, Mohawk Airlines, Braniff Airlines, TWA, Pan-Am)
Do you know from which of the earlier carriers Delta and U.S. Air evolved?
Do you remember when you could smoke in the rear of the airplane? Was that ever a problem for you?
What did you think when the first male stewards began serving on airplanes?
Do you remember when the airline "Hub" (regional) concept came into being, along with "Frequent Flyer" programs? What do you think about these? Has this been beneficial, or a detriment, to your flying choices?
Fast-food eating establishments were not available during my earlier years, but one of my favorites during teen years was the drive-in, similar to "Sonic" today. How many of you remember taking your girlfriend to the drive-in, and requesting your favorite song from the D-J in sound booth over the drive-in?
Do you remember which was the first "fast-food" hamburger chain?
Other developments in dining-out, aside from the sit-down, full-service restaurant, were the self-serve, smorgasbord, buffet line, and food courts, (especially in airports and shopping malls), and home-delivery (pizza) services. Which do you prefer?
Perhaps you have other memories of travel changes that have evolved in your lifetime that you would want to post for the younger folks??
WOW, great thread Fred.....and no I'm no poet!
My defunct airline list includes:
US Airways evolved from Allegheny, Piedmont (was the best), PSA and America West.
I believe HUBS showed up around 1982 as well as FF programs started if I remember correctly by Eastern. FF programs have evolved into far too much nonsense with credit cards and other non flying with your butt in the seat things much like hotels.
Smoking I don't like period let alone in an airplane, ICK.
Fast Food, Royal Castle was my favorite and smorgasbords my parents loved, me not so much.
Great thread for sure.
My first airlines were: Air California, Western Airlines, Pan Am
Did you know stewardesses were required to be Registered Nurses?
My family never stayed in hotels/motels. It's only something I've done since I moved out. Otherwise, my family didn't own a car until I was 6 years old. We took city buses and Greyhound buses. And we only traveled to visit relatives, and stay with them.
steve31266 - Steve, did not know stewardesses had this requirement! Might ought to return to this?
Awright! A geezer thread! Growing up, Ho-Jo's, Holiday Inns, A&W's, and Stuckey's pecan logs and pralines were staples of our everybody-in-the-Rambler-wagon cross-country tours. I can feel my blood sugar spiking just thinking about it. Gas stations I no longer see -- at least 'round these parts -- include Amoco, ARCO, Conoco, Esso, Magnolia, Sinclair, Standard Oil, and Unocal.
My defunct-airlines-flown list includes Pan Am, Eastern, Southern, Piedmont, National, and TWA.
Nice one Fred...
Not much on airlines...didn't fly until I was in my 20s and very seldom until I was in my 30s.
We drove from Chicago to Philadelphia every year for vacations in my school days. HoJos seemed to be at every rest stop. I still remember those horrible triangle sandwiches..yuck!!
McDonalds has been around in my earliest memories, but Burger King was an experience around 6 yrs of age. We were visiting friends of my Dad's in the St. Louis area and the host family wanted to treat us to this new giant burger..The Whopper!!....that was in 1966 or '67......I thought the Whopper was the greatest meal of all time...lol